For people who work from home it’s an undeniable fact that getting things done is absolutely challenging. Luckily, there are tons of tips and tricks to solve this lack of productivity and when you implement it, this can be very beneficial to you as a person and to your creative business.
6 Productivity Tips For Busy Solopreneurs
Plan Your Day
“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” This is so true especially if you’re running an online business. The key here is to plan your day ahead. Spend some time before you sleep, get your journal and write down every tasks that you need to complete the next day. Always start with the most critical task because you have the most energy 2-4 hours after waking up.
Have your own working space
It may seem fun to work in your bed all the day but that is not helping you to become productive. I know your bed is cozy and comfortable but you need to realize that bed is intended for sleep and not for work!
The best way to discipline yourself is to get a dedicated work space outside of your bedroom. It doesn’t need to be fancy – a clean flat table and comfortable chair will do. This will help cultivate your creativity and boost productivity plus a cup of your favorite beverage will always help.
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It may seem like an overkill but getting dressed with casual clothing while working from home is definitely a must if you want to boost your productivity. This doesn’t mean that you need a suit and tie or a dress but something like polo shirts and jeans. Remember, the key here is NOT to be too comfortable.
When you run an online business there will be times when you need to video call a freelancer or a potential client – and of course, you want to be taken seriously, right?
Create a Functional Schedule
You need to set a schedule based on your priorities. And it’s super important especially if you work at home. Remember, you’re the boss here so you need to be functional at all times or else, opportunities will fly out of the window! You can set your schedule to 9 hours with one hour for lunch break.
In your schedule, consider what time is the peak of your productivity. Ask yourself if you get more important things done in the morning, afternoon or at night. This is because not everyone is a morning person and you also need to consider your priorities – do you have an important meeting at 8:00 am? Make adjustments if you need to.
Automate your time consuming tasks
Now, I want you to think of tasks that seriously eats up your time. Believe it or not, these tasks not only cost you time but it definitely cost you money. Let’s say you spend 3 hours to create graphics for your new blog post. What if I told you that creating a template for your graphics can reduce that 3 hours to 15 minutes? Incredible!
Also, if you’re struggling to find time to always update your social media you can take advantage of free scheduling tools that will save you A LOT of time while giving you the results you want. I personally like Tailwind as it comes in a free trial and what I do is just choose a schedule and I’m done! And my recent life saver, ConvertKit which I discovered through a Free Webinar. Just think of the MANY more important things that you can with the time you saved.
Eliminate distractions as much as possible
Once you started working, remind yourself that “you mean business” why? It’s so easy to get distracted. The internet has made it even difficult to focus because a click away will put your productivity in vain!
To solve this problem, determine what are the things that distracts you from getting things done and take the necessary actions. Let’s say you are researching for a new blog post when an email pops up, of course you will check on it, click on it and see? your now out of track!
What I did to combat this scenario is I will put my smartphone on airplane mode, close all the unnecessary tabs in the browser and leave the things that you need to complete the certain task. Doing this will greatly help boost your productivity.
Feeling overwhelmed? Use this checklist to regain focus and get things done.